Stroke Signs & Symptoms
Knowledge is powerful, and knowing Stroke risk factors, as well as the signs and symptoms of a Stroke, gives you the ability to make the right decision if you or a loved one has a Stroke.
Learn the Stroke warning signs and treat them as a medical emergency by calling 911.
Treating Stroke as an emergency can help save lives and improve health outcomes. The warning signs of Stroke are:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you suspect someone is having a Stroke, act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask him or her to smile. (Does one side of the face droop?)
Arms: Ask him or her to raise both arms. (Does one arm drift downward?)
Speech: Ask him or her to repeat a simple sentence. (Are the words slurred? Can he or she repeat the sentence correctly?)
Time: If the person has difficulty with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately! Time is important because brain cells are dying.